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Health officials in Kentucky and Tennessee and several states are investigating the outbreak of salmonella that is believed to have originated from cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana.
Two Kentuckians have died from the outbreak, according to Kentucky State Epidemiologist Doctor Craig Humbaugh, who says 50 others have been sickened.
Doctor Humbaugh says it’s too early to have all of the details regarding the victims, but they were infected with the bacteria when they passed away.
Most of those infected will feel symptoms within 12 to 72 hours of contracting the illness, and Doctor Humbaugh says the symptoms are easily recognized.
Tennessee Deputy Epidemiologist John Dunn says at least six people in the Volunteer State have fallen ill from the outbreak. He says those purchasing cantaloupes should ask the dealer where they were grown. One farm in southwestern Indiana is believed to be responsible for all of the infected melons.
Dunn says it’s the outer shell of the melon that contains the salmonella and that the fruit portion becomes infected when the cantaloupe is cut.
Anyone believing they might be infected is encouraged to contact a physician as soon as possible.
A young boy was taken to the hospital after being bitten by a chained dog on North Elm Street yesterday afternoon, with the animal’s owner cited into court.
Hopkinsville Police were called to 134 North Elm around 1:30 after an eight month old Bull Mastiff that was chained to a tree bit a 10-year old boy who was trying to pet him.
The boy’s mother took him to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The dog’s owner, 27-year old Sheena Hotson of Hopkinsville, asked for Animal Control to take possession of the dog because she didn’t believe she would be able to control it once it is fully grown. Ms. Hotson reportedly said the dog had bitten her niece a short time ago.
Ms. Hotson was cited into court for harboring a vicious animal charges and for failing to license the dog. She said she couldn’t provide records of shots because she administered them herself.
A Kentucky State Trooper from Hopkinsville has received a promotion that will take him farther away from home.
Sgt. Jason Newby was promoted to lieutenant last week and will be transferred from Post 2 in Madisonville to the Recruitment Branch at KSP headquarters in Frankfort. Newby is a 12-year veteran of Kentucky State Police and makes his home in Hopkinsville, though he is a native of Carbondale, Illinois.
Another notable promotion is that of Trooper Dean Patterson, who has been the Public Information Officer for the Mayfield Post 1 the last several years. He will be promoted to sergeant in the Madisonville Post 2 area and Trooper Jay Thomas will take over his public communications duties in the western-most district.
Trooper Derek Smith of Eddyville, who works the Madisonville district, also received a promotion to sergeant and will transfer to Post 5 in Campbellsburg. Smith is a native of Calvert City and is a seven-year KSP veteran.
Staying at Post 2 is KSP Sgt. Brenton Ford, who was promoted to lieutenant. He is a resident of Owensboro and is a 13-year KSP veteran.
Effective immediately, the open burn implemented in Christian County on June 29th has been lifted.
On August 10th, the burn ban was amended to only allow open burning in areas of Christian County south of Highway 68/80.
Even though the ban has been eliminated county wide, residents are still urged to be extremely cautious when burning any materials outdoors.